Genesis 3:5 – For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil
Man has always sought immortality. In the garden of Eden the tempter came and tempted Eve and Adam to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They disobeyed God, they sinned and took of the tree, seeking in vain and hope to obtain immortality which the tempter offered them. The Bible says that the tempter, who is Satan, the devil, was more subtil than any beast of the field. And the devil is subtil today, he has not changed. He will offer you immortality just as he offered to Eve – ye shall be as gods. The Lord Jesus Christ also offers immortality, and he offers it in truth and freely, as a gift. However, Satan’s offer is a lie, whereas Jesus’ offer is true. Satan cannot give you immortality, and indeed he did the very opposite of granting humanity immortality. He caused us to die. His offers, as enticing as they may seem, always lead us to disobey God, in whom is true life and immortality. Satan murdered us in the beginning, just as Jesus said in John. Jesus said that there is no truth in Satan. No truth whatsoever, every offer he makes is bogus, it is a lie. But he will dress it up in a nice way, and so will his ministers, human beings who he uses to do his bidding. His attractive, enticing lie snared Eve and Adam in the beginning, and his lies snare mankind today. Humanity is hopeless against the power of the devil, humanity is unable to save itself. We are all spiritually dead to being with, and that is why Jesus said, ye must be born again. The new birth is spiritual, and it is not optional, it is essential and vital to entering the kingdom of God. Being born again makes you a child of God, a son of God, because the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ is whose spirit we receive, whose we partake of – by his grace through faith. We partake of his life, of his blessings. Of his immortality. Jesus is eternal, Jesus is immortal. If Jesus is in you, you are immortal as well.
Ye shall be as gods. Being as gods means you don’t die. If you are immortal, you cannot die. Mankind seeks immortality today. Look at the movies we are exposed to today, which is all about immortals – superheroes. People want to live forever. But they don’t want the life that Jesus offers, instead they want an Godless eternal life, where they can selfishly serve their lusts and pride, and ultimately, their spiritual father, the devil. People don’t want to age. People don’t want to die. Yet many and in fact, most people will side with the devil, they will take his offer, they will fall into his snare, they will go to eternal death, all because they take Satan’s offer over the offer of the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan will use the world to make you go to hell, he will ensnare us just as he ensnared Eve through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. This is what this present evil world consists of. Satan is the prince of this world, serve this world, be a slave to this world system, and you are ultimately a servant, a subject, a doomed citizen of his kingdom of darkness.
Every human being either chooses the devil or the Lord Jesus Christ. It is as simple as that, there is no third option. There is the lies of the devil, and the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus alone has immortality. Jesus alone has and gives life. The devil despite promising immortality, instead gives death. What happened in the garden of Eden has lead to the world we live in today. Death is all around us, it has and will affect each of our lives. You may be living in a sheltered bubble, you may exist in a fluffy fake reality, you may not be or have been around death before, you may have not felt the sting of a loved one dying, you may not have seen something as simple as a dead bird rotting on the ground, with it’s eyes being eaten out by ants and swarmed by flies. This world is wicked, it is cursed, it is full of death. This is what sin, this is where following the devil leads us. He is a murderer, and although you may be enjoying the pleasures of sin for a season, death will bite you in the end if you are not saved.
How can we be truly immortal? Do you want true immortality, or Satan’s false plant which you may spend your entire vain life in pursuit of. The Bible tells us that immortality is found in the Lord Jesus Christ, and him alone. Look and live, just as the children of Israel looked on the brazen serpent in the wilderness. Believe the gospel – the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in your place. A true, sincere heart belief that receives what he has done for you personally. He will save you, it is not a riddle, it is not a mystery. It is simple, childlike faith. The answer is not in you, the answer is not in humanity, the answer is not in this world, the answer is not in science, the promises of Satan and his angels are not true. Does the devil have you so confused and deluded that you do not even care about what happens after you die? Does your death seem so far off that it is irrelevant? You have no promises beyond the next second, you could die of a heart attack, one a trillion possible things that could go wrong in your brain could happen and you could drop dead? Are you willing to gamble with your eternal destiny? Are the temporal, vain selfish lusts and pleasures that much more attractive than eternal life and true immortality?
Consider the following verses, which speak of the true immortality found in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is your only hope. He alone is the way, the truth and the life. Seek the immortality which he offers in truth, seek the offer of immortality from him in whom is no lie.
1 Timothy 6:16 – Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
2 Timothy 1:9, 10 – Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.